But today is not an ordinary day.
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Norma Jean Bauerschmidt
March 31, 1925 - September 30, 2016
They say we live our life in the "dash" - the dash that separates our birth date from our date of departure. For Norma Jean Bauerschmidt , she showed us a way to live our final days surrounded by love, aging with grace, and leaving this world with dignity.
At age 90, two days after the death of her husband in hospice, "Miss Norma" was told she had stage four uterine cancer. Her doctors told her "start treatment". But this World War II vet, once a member of the first Navy Nurses Corp, had other ideas.
Her son and daughter in law were in the position of being able to drive Miss Norma (and her white poodle, Ringo) in an RV. So, Miss Norma declined the recommended treatment of surgery, radiation, chemo. With her family, she traveled the United States, gathering fans as she traveled. Her family chronicled their journey.
In the above article, Miss Norma was quoted as saying: “Living life to the fullest is important.Do what you want because the doctors aren’t always right.”
Over one year and a road trip that started in Michigan and ended, a month or so ago, in Washington State, Miss Norma showed us how to live, before finally joining her husband and daughter.
Rest in peace, Miss Norma.